> that gooseberries originally came from Iberia?
It's more likely that gooseberries reached Vienna _via_ Spain/Spanish
(e.g., the Habsburgs ruled Spain ca. 1500-1700, as well as much of
Central Europe). Apparently, gooseberries as we know them were
cultivated around the 16th century from a lowlier variety of currants.
> "cibul'a" (onion), which resembles the Spanish word "cebolla"
I don't think this goes back to Indo-European directly from Slovak,
Helen. The word came from Latin. That almost certainly does not
mean that that the Old Slavs didn't have onion: it has been around
for millennia. A particular cultivated variety probably spread from
the Latin area along with the word and replaced whatever kinds of
onion the Europeans used to grow.
votruba "at" pitt "dot" edu